REP LIEU STATEMENT ON IG PROTECTION ACT ADVANCING OUT OF COMMITTEE
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Committee on Oversight and Reform passed by voice vote his bipartisan bill with Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) called “The Inspector General Protection Act”. The Inspector General Protection Act would require Federal agencies and departments to notify Congress before enacting a personnel change, such as putting their Inspector General (IG) on paid or unpaid non-duty status. The bill would also require the President to report to Congress if an IG has not been nominated within 210 days after a position becomes vacant, including the reasons no one has been nominated and a target date for nominating a replacement.
“Inspectors general are critical to ensuring we root out fraud, waste and abuse in our government. Efforts by agencies and administrations to sideline inspectors general threatens our democracy and hinders transparency. I’m grateful that Chairman Cummings and Ranking Member Jordan share Rep. Hice and my concern over this issue, which has plagued both democratic and republican administrations. I look forward to this bill getting a vote on the floor so we can re-establish much-needed authority to our inspectors general.”